A Thursday morning fire in the attic of two-story, single-family home in Waukesha has resulted in an estimated $50,000 in property damage.
All of the occupants in the home, 405 E. Main St. in the central part of the city, exited the home before the first Fire Department unit arrived on the scene at 10:06 a.m.
But one of the residents was treated on the scene by paramedics for a heat-related issue.
However, the person was released at the scene and did not need to be transported to a medical facility.
Four units (from stations 1, 2, 3 and 4) were dispatched at 10:03 a.m. with the first unit arriving three minutes later. A large volume of smoke was coming from the roof area of a two-story, single-family residence, said Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Steve Ore.» Read Full Article
City of Waukesha will wait on potentially hiring a consultant to rebrand its downtown until next month
rebrand downtown Waukesha will have to wait a little longer.Hiring a marketing firm to
For the second time in the last two weeks, the item has been postponed.
The City of Waukesha's Common Council was first scheduled to discuss and approve a contract with the Milwaukee-based Savage Solutions for $15,000 at its meeting on Dec. 3.
It was moved to Tuesday night's agenda, but just hours before the meeting City Administrator Ed Henschel removed it from the agenda.
In an email to Common Council members, Mayor Jeff Scrima, Community Development Director Steve Crandell and downtown business owner Jeff Barta, Henschel said that "due to a variety of other issues I have been focused on, I have not had a chance to review the Savage contract and discuss the rebranding of the city with the Community Development Department.» Read Full Article
Michigan state Rep. Rudy Hobbs, a Democrat, is asking Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan to veto Waukesha's request to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.
Waukesha's proposal is being examined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and it will be several months before the plan could be forwarded to the other seven Great Lakes states for their review. It is not yet on Snyder's desk for consideration.
But Waukesha needs the unanimous approval of each of the eight Great Lakes states to purchase lake water, and Hobbs' partisan shot is warning city officials of the reception in store for them on the east side of Lake Michigan.
"I wanted to get ahead of things," Hobbs said Tuesday in explaining why he submitted a Michigan House resolution opposing the city's plan. His resolution, with the support of 11 other Democratic legislators, is intended to raise awareness of Waukesha's request within the Michigan legislature, he said.
The Wisconsin DNR is expected to make a preliminary judgment in early 2014 on whether Waukesha's request to divert up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day of lake water by midcentury complies with a 2008 Great Lakes protection compact.» Read Full Article
Waukesha has failed to justify the volume of Lake Michigan water it says city customers will need over the next four decades as part of a precedent-setting Great Lakes diversion request, Wisconsin environmental officials said.
Waukesha is asking the eight Great Lakes states to approve a request to divert up to an average of 10.1 million gallons of water a day from the lake by midcentury.
But the application lacks sufficient information to support Waukesha's projected increases in water use from now through final buildout of the city's water supply service area in 2050 or beyond, said Eric Ebersberger, water use section chief for the state Department of Natural Resources.
Waukesha must fully justify projected water use or revise volumes in the application, Ebersberger says in correspondence with Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak.
"For the department to conclude that the city's demand estimates are reasonable, the department must have a detailed explanation" and evidence justifying the proposed increase in demand, according to Ebersberger. He is supervising the department's review of the city's request.» Read Full Article
A armed robbery was reported Tuesday at the Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St. in Sussex, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office.
The bank was robbed shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to a sheriff's office news release.
The robber is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with blue eyes and wearing a two-tone dark and light gray winter jacket with a blue thigh-length zipper.
He was also wearing a hooded sweat shirt, white undershirt, a blue ski mask, blue mechanics gloves, blue jeans and white shoes.
Most of the winter jacket is darker gray, with lighter gray accents, including a light gray stripe across the back, according to the release.» Read Full Article
A Waukesha County sheriff's lieutenant is under investigation by Waukesha police and has been placed on administrative leave, the sheriff's office said Friday.
The investigation involves a complaint filed against the lieutenant, and Waukesha police have asked for assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The sheriff's office is conducting an internal review of the complaint, according to the release, which provides no information on the complaint.
A woman crashed her vehicle through the valet entrance of Waukesha Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon, Lt. Tom Wallschlaeger said.
Wallschlaeger said a call came into the Police Department at 4:07 p.m. indicating a vehicle went through the front entrance of the hospital (on the east side near the parking structure).
He added that the vehicle went partially through the gift shop.
"The vehicle did not stop and went through all the glass," Wallschlaeger said.
The fire department's initial report notes "personal injury" for the female driver but it doesn't indicate any other injuries, he said.» Read Full Article
After 33 years of having the same attorney, the City of Waukesha will have a change next spring.
Longtime city attorney Curt Meitz will not seek re-election as he filed for non-candidacy with Clerk-Treasurer Gina Kozlik today.
Meitz has held the position since 1985 when he took over for former city attorney George Lawler. He finished out the remainder of the term and then defeated Jess Martinez Jr. in 1986, Kozlik said.
That was the only time Meitz had a challenger in an election, Kozlik said.
He would have had one this year.» Read Full Article
A Waukesha man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the beating deaths of three retired farmers in southern Wisconsin.
Jaren Kuester, 31, entered his plea after a judge found him competent to stand trial.
Kuester told Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust that he understood he was waiving his right to trial with the pleas to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
Foust accepted the pleas and ordered a hearing on Jan. 31 to determine whether Kuester was insane at the time of the killings in April, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.» Read Full Article
A 23-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with vehicular homicide, allegedly causing a motorcyclist’s death in New Berlin on Oct. 11.
Edi Gomez, 444. S. Washington Ave. #4, was charged on Dec. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and operating on a suspended license, causing death.
Gomez could face up to 16 years in prison and $35,000 in fines if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, officers from the New Berlin Police Department were dispatched at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 to a crash at the intersection of S. Racine Ave. and W. Mill Creek Trail in New Berlin.
Officers noted in the complaint that an SUV was overturned at the intersection and a motorcycle was laying nearby. James Solveson, the motorcyclist, was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy medical examiner.» Read Full Article
Despite bigger donations from some local businesses this year, fund raising for United Way in Waukesha County is flagging at 60% of its 2013 goal.
The organization, which supports nonprofit agencies that provide health and social services, said in a news release that it may not achieve its campaign goal of $4.75 million, having raised $2,812,431 so far.
"We have seen tremendous corporate and individual donor support this year, but unfortunately we are also seeing some losses that cause concern for our final outcome," Executive Director Jayne Thoma said in the release.
"Despite the fact that we are halfway through the campaign season, we still have a long way to go. There are families and individuals in our county relying on vital community services," Rob Reilly, a chair of the United Way campaign.
The annual campaign runs through Jan. 31, 2014. To make a contribution or to coordinate a workplace giving campaign, call (262) 547-8459 or visit www.UnitedWayWaukesha.org/give.
A development firm is proposing a 56-unit apartment building in downtown Waukesha.
Oregon, Wis.-based Gorman & Co. wants to develop the four-story building on a vacant parcel near the corner of E. Main St. and N. Hartwell Ave., said Ted Matkom, the firm's Wisconsin market president. That site is adjacent to the Canadian National railroad tracks.
The apartments would be financed in part with federal affordable housing tax credits. Developers compete for those credits in annual competitions, the results of which are usually announced in April.
Developers typically sell the credits to raise equity financing. In return, they must provide apartments at below-market rents to people earning no more than 60% of the area's median income.
If Gorman receives tax credits, the firm would develop 47 apartments with below-market rents, and nine apartments with market rents, Matkom said.» Read Full Article
A 23-year-old Waukesha man has been charged in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in October.
Edi R. Gomez was late for his job at McDonald's in Muskego on Oct. 11 when he tried to pass James Solveson on the shoulder of Racine Ave. then lost control of his SUV and hit the motorcyclist, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.
Solveson, 58, of Waukesha, was thrown from his bike, lost his helmet, struck his head on a metal pole and died at the scene. The crash happened near Mill Creek Trail in New Berlin about 7 a.m.
Gomez's SUV flipped three times. He was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment. Gomez initially told investigators the motorcycle tried to pass him on the right, forcing him to brake, and roll.
When told his account differed from those of other drivers, Gomez admitted he had been tailgating the motorcycle and tried to pass on the right, and that he knew his driver's license was suspended at the time.» Read Full Article
Clean Wisconsin, the state's largest and oldest environmental advocacy group, asked state environmental regulators Tuesday to deny the City of Waukesha's request to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.
Waukesha's plan to divert up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day from the lake by mid-century is a sharp increase over its current demonstrated needs of an average of nearly 7 million gallons a day, said Ezra Meyer, water resources specialist with Clean Wisconsin in Madison.
The group is asking the state Department of Natural Resources to reject the city's request in part because such a large volume conflicts with a Great Lakes protection compact's emphasis on water conservation to help manage demand, Meyer said in a statement.
The state Department of Natural Resources is reviewing Waukesha's proposal and expects to make a preliminary judgment early next year on whether the request complies with the Great Lakes compact.
The compact requires Wisconsin and each of the other seven Great Lakes states to approve the diversion before the city could build a supply pipeline from Oak Creek. Treated wastewater would be discharged to the Root River to comply with a compact requirement for returning most of the water to the lake.» Read Full Article
A 42-year-old man was accused last week of beating a drunken man with a baseball bat at a vacant Waukesha apartment on Jackson Court.
Roberto A. Guzman, currently being held in Waukesha County Jail, was charged on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with substantial battery and disorderly conduct.
If convicted, Guzman could face up to four years imprisonment and $11,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, an officer with Waukesha City Police was dispatched at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 to an apartment at 333 Jackson Court after receiving reports of an assault.
The officer found victim Ricardo Zaragoza being held up by a neighbor, who said in the complaint that Zaragoza had been in a fight. Zaragoza was "extremely bloody," the complaint states.» Read Full Article
Waukesha City Police arrested one of two men being sought on warrants in a shooting that occurred near Woodman's Food Market on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Police Capt. Ron Oremus said that Vasilio Aguilera, 25 of Waukesha, was arrested on Monday evening outside Casa Del Rio restaurant. A detective stopped a vehicle occupied by Aguilera after recognizing the driver as a friend of the defendant, the captain said.
"It was pretty good police work," Oremus said.
Aguilera is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail, he said.
Oremus said that another suspected shooter, Antonio Martinez, 22 of Waukesha, is expected to surrender himself to police on Wednesday, Nov. 27, after this paper's publication date.» Read Full Article